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Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea siagiani) Batu Lubang Besar, Lembeh.<br />
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They can be less than one inch to about 4 inches in length, depending upon the species. Squat lobsters have 10 legs. The first pair of legs are very long and contain claws.  The three pairs of legs after that are used for walking. The fifth pair has small claws and may be used for cleaning gills. This fifth pair of legs is much smaller than the legs in &quot;true&quot; crabs.  Squat lobsters have a short abdomen that is folded under their body.<br />
Squat lobsters are in the infraorder Anomura - many of the animals in this infraorder are called &quot;crabs,&quot; but they are not true crabs. They aren&#039;t lobsters, either. In fact, squat lobsters are more closely related to hermit crabs than to lobsters. More info here:<br />
https://www.thoughtco.com/squat-lobsters-profile-2291811<br />
http://www.digitaljournal.com/blog/20406<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69062/hairy_squat_lobster_lauriea_siagiani.html<br />
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Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea siagiani)

Batu Lubang Besar, Lembeh.

Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea siagiani) Batu Lubang Besar, Lembeh. Geotagged,Hairy squat lobster,Indonesia,Lauriea siagiani,Spring

Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea siagiani) Batu Lubang Besar, Lembeh.<br />
They can be less than one inch to about 4 inches in length, depending upon the species. Squat lobsters have 10 legs. The first pair of legs are very long and contain claws.  The three pairs of legs after that are used for walking. The fifth pair has small claws and may be used for cleaning gills. This fifth pair of legs is much smaller than the legs in "true" crabs.  Squat lobsters have a short abdomen that is folded under their body.<br />
Squat lobsters are in the infraorder Anomura - many of the animals in this infraorder are called "crabs," but they are not true crabs. They aren't lobsters, either. In fact, squat lobsters are more closely related to hermit crabs than to lobsters. More info here:<br />
https://www.thoughtco.com/squat-lobsters-profile-2291811<br />
http://www.digitaljournal.com/blog/20406<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69062/hairy_squat_lobster_lauriea_siagiani.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69063/hairy_squat_lobster_lauriea_siagiani.html Geotagged,Hairy squat lobster,Indonesia,Lauriea siagiani,Spring

    comments (11)

  1. That is so awesome! And, a beautiful shot! Posted 8 months ago
    1. Oh, thank you! You are so kind, Christine :-) Posted 8 months ago
  2. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "Pink, purple, and very hairy! This extraordinary creature is a Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea siagiani), also called a Fairy Crab. They live on Giant Barrel Sponges in the western Indo-Pacific oceans at depths ranging from 2-20 meters below the surface. These tiny crustaceans are only about 1 cm long, have remarkably intense coloration, and are liberally covered in wild, fuzzy hairs. And, as you would imagine, they always have a good hair day thanks to their shocking mop of hair. The hairs on their bodies, while spectacular to look at, have a utilitarian purpose: they trap particles, such as zooplankton, from the water. The squat lobsters collect these delectable particles with their hind legs, and then eat them. These beautiful creatures teach us that there are always more surprises to be discovered in the ocean! {Spotted in Indonesia by JungleDragon moderator, Patomarazul} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thanks a lot Christine and sorry I did not answer earlier! It is being a busy moment at work for me :-) Posted 8 months ago
      1. No problem, Marta ;) Posted 8 months ago
  3. You continue to outdo your already very high standards - amazing shot and amazing creature. You make me want to get my scuba license! Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thanks a lot, I am happy my pics are motivating you to get the scuba license, you will not regret it! :-) Posted 8 months ago
  4. Utterly unique and wonderful! Made my day seeing this creature. Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thanks Ruth! Posted 8 months ago
  5. These underwater shots are amazing. I love your work! Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thanks Steven, I also like yours very much! :-) Posted 8 months ago

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''Lauriea siagiani'', is a species of squat lobster in the family Galatheidae, genus ''Lauriea''.

Similar species: Ten-footed Crustaceans
Species identified by Patomarazul
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By Patomarazul

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Uploaded Nov 11, 2018. Captured May 25, 2018 03:16 in Unnamed Road, Batulubang, Lembeh Sel., Kota Bitung, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia.
  • TG-5
  • f/5.6
  • 1/320s
  • ISO100
  • 13.47mm